UPDATE SUNDAY AM: Tiger Woods has withdrawn from the Masters Sunday morning just before the third round.
The tournament was suspended by bad weather Saturday. Even then, Woods seemed hobbled, the wet grounds making it difficult to walk on his surgically repaired right leg from a 2021 car crash. Woods, 47, barely made the cut for the third round.
“I am disappointed to have to WD this morning due to reaggravating my plantar fasciitis,” Woods wrote on Twitter today. “Thank you to the fans and to @TheMasters who have shown me so much love and support. Good luck to the players today!”
EARLIER: It was close, but five-time Masters champion Tiger Woods made the Masters cut Saturday for the 23rd consecutive time. That ties him with Fred Couples and Gary Player for the tournament’s longest streak.
Woods needed Justin Thomas or South Korea’s Sungjae Im to post a bogey (one stroke over par) to make the cut. Thomas had bogeys on each of the last two holes to finish four over par, climaxing his day with a missed 10-foot putt on the 18th hole. Im also bogeyed the 17th hole to finish 3 over par
Heavy rain marked the day at Augusta National Golf Club, The storm comes a day after two trees fell near the spectator area, causing the tournament to be suspended for the day
Woods has never missed making the cut at the Masters in his professional career.
“I’ve always loved this golf course, and I love playing this event,” Woods said. “Obviously I’ve missed a couple with some injuries, but I’ve always wanted to play here. I’ve loved it. I got a chance to play on the weekend. I wish I get a chance to play two more rounds.”
At age 47, and with several surgeries in the last few years, Woods has struggled at times to simply walk the course. He made his competitive return to golf after a 508-day layoff at the 2022 Masters and finished 47th.